Surreal yet ever graceful, Guillermo del Toro’s spellbinding passion project, Shape of Water finds the peculiar storyteller at its directorial peak. For it is brave and stupendous; Del Toro’s adult fairytale blesses the desolate, adaptations-driven landscape of modern Hollywood with glimmering light of originality. One that evokes new lores, new imageries, and new frontier. Ultimately act as a hefty surplus to complement dialogues among moviegoers for many years to come.
Shape of Water exhibit complete mastery in visual design. Bathing scenes in aquatic green to poetically convey its unwelcoming and suffocating world. Its predominant presence allows any shift in color the more impactful to audiences. Metaphorically, Shape of Water act as a love letter to cinema of the past. Recapturing iconic imageries that represents romance, mysteries, and thrill. Reinforces the cinema as this powerful—and timeless—vessel for storytelling, therefore establishing Shape of Water as one of 2017’s most quintessential feature.